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Bailey Holt House damaged after Hurricane Sandy

December 3, 2012 3:05:02 PM PST
Back in 1986, the Bailey Holt House in Greenwich Village was the nation's first residence for people living with AIDS and HIV.

But Hurricane Sandy severely damaged the building and people have been unable to come back.

Workers hustle in and out of the Bailey Holt House on Christopher Street, working hard to try and repair the damage from Hurricane Sandy.

The 44 residents, all dealing with AIDS and HIV have been re-located to other facilities. It's been a month and they are anxious to come back.

Getting these vulnerable residents back into their comfort zone won't be easy. The damage is extensive and the price tag is climbing.

The storm surge was tremendous; water filled the basement from floor to ceiling destroying the building's electrical system. Then water rose as high as three feet on the ground floor. Water damaged walls have been stripped away.

Some residents are meeting for a weekly breakfast and remember the fury of that night.

There is no timetable to complete the repairs, officials say it will take a miracle to get residents back in before the holidays, something they are desperate to have happen.

Bailey Holt House has embarked on an emergency fundraising drive through their website.

So far they have raised 200-thousand dollars, but the cost of the repairs will likely hit one million dollars.

To make a donation go to: LINK: www.baileyhouse.org

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